The school building no longer stands but the spirit lives on. It will be a historic day for former students of the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School (BBGS) when they gather at the Bintang Circle (Centre Court), Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, to launch the Elena Cooke Education Fund on Tuesday, 4 August 2009.
The Fund has been established under the auspices of the BBGS Old Girls’ Association in honour of Miss Elena Maud Cooke who was their headmistress from 1958-1977.
Before becoming an educationist par excellence, Miss Cooke had nurtured the desire to be a doctor and to open an orphanage. Miss Cooke has therefore chosen Shelter Home as the first recipient of the Fund.
More than 1,000 former BBGS and SBU students will attend the launch of the Elena Cooke Education Fund. Since the closure of the school in 2001 and its subsequent relocation to SMK Seri Bintang Utara (SBU) in Cheras, the event will be the first time that the alumnae will be gathering at the very premises where their alma mater was once located.
The highlight of the event will be the launch of the fund at 11am with Miss Cooke as the guest of honour. Souvenirs and cupcakes will be sold to raise funds and there will be an exhibition featuring the early pioneers of BBGS, who were all women!
The OGA is delighted that Pavilion Kuala Lumpur has agreed to be the venue sponsor for this unique event.
Launch of the Elena M. Cooke Fund
Time: 11am-12pm, 4 August
Guest of Honour: Miss Elena M Cooke (BBGS Headmistress, 1958-1977)
Programme: Singing of the BBGS school song, performances of the legendary BBGS choral speaking, choir singing and other old school favourites.
Black-Tie Cocktail Gala
Time: 7.30pm-10pm, 4 August
Guest of Honour: Miss Yeap Gaik Khoon (BBGS Headmistress, 1980-1993)
Programme: Choral speaking, choir singing and a lucky draw.